PURPLE PURSUIT WEEKEND 4 & 5 June 2011

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Sunshine, and pretty gusty winds greeted competitors at the club for the first Purple Marine sponsored Purple Pursuit weekend. A 120 minute race on Saturday afternoon was followed by a BBQ, RaftBuilding, and great music in the bar, from Live Band “Something About Whisky”, with free drinks for the purplest outfit of the evening. 10% of all monies raised went to Sail 4 Cancer.

62 Entrants, and a wide variety of boats took to the water for the 2.00 pm start, on Saturday with some exciting sailing and plenty of capsizing in very brisk winds. First over the line were Tom Gillard and Sam Breary from Sheffield Viking/Fisher Green in Fireball15041, with 2 of Datchet’s formidable flying fifteen fleet behind, Andy Clark/Mark Edwards in 2nd and John Bashford/Paul Whitworth 3rd.

After an evening of conviviality in the bar, and ignoring any sore heads, race 2 on Sunday saw Datchet’s own Stuart Jones (Contender) romp home to 1st place, from John Browett’s Contender.  Race 3 turned into a fierce battle between Stuart Jones and  Tom Gillard/Sam Breary, with Stuart’s Contender taking first place from the Fireball by half a boat length.  Overall Results:  1st  Stuart Jones (Contender), 2nd: Tom Gillard/Sam Breary (Fireball) and 3rd Andy Clark/Mark Edwards (Flying Fifteen).

Prizes were provided by Purple Marine.

All in all a great weekend – lots of sun and breeze, some great visitors, the real showers held off until after close of play in Sunday and we look forward to a repeat of this weekend next year.

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